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MLB roundup: Boston's Napoli to debut Friday at first base

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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday that Mike Napoli is expected to make his spring training debut Friday and he will play first base.

Napoli ran the bases during the weekend and reported no issues with his hips.

Napoli has a medical condition called avascular necrosis, which can lead to bone death and degeneration. Both of his hips are affected by it.

A former catcher, Napoli has made a fulltime move to first base because of his condition. His three-year, $39 million contract that was agreed to in December was later scaled down to a one-year deal with $5 million guaranteed after his diagnosis was known.

---Texas Rangers right-hander Kyle McClellan had a setback in coming back from shoulder soreness, according to ESPN Dallas.

McClellan, who is competing for the Rangers' No. 5 spot in the rotation, was shut down on Sunday before he could finish warm-ups. He had been out for a week.

McClellan believes his injury is only minor and affects one of his muscles.

---The 2009 World Series ring that the cousin of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is selling is a replica, ESPN New York reported Monday.

Yuri Sucart, whom Rodriguez named as helping him use performance-enhancing drugs when he made his admission in 2009, sold the championship ring that Rodriguez gave him as a gift to auctioneer Ken Goldin for an undisclosed amount.

---First baseman Lars Anderson was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Anderson, once a highly-touted prospect, is with his fourth team in six months.

Anderson, 25, is a .167 hitter in 48 major-league at-bats over three seasons.

---Free agent minor league right-handed pitcher Mark Hamburger received a 50-game suspension without pay after violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program for a drug of abuse a second time.

Hamburger's suspension takes effect immediately upon his signing with another major league organization. Hamburger pitched in eight innings for the Texas Rangers last year.

---Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells said he plans to retire when his current contract is over following the 2014 season. The 34-year-old veteran is entering the sixth year of a seven-year, $126 million deal.
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